Christian Benteke will prove a bargain says Brendan Rodgers

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UPDATE (17:15, 2/8/2015): Christian Benteke has scored a screamer on his debut - scroll down to watch it!

Brendan Rodgers insists Christian Benteke's £32.5 million move from Aston Villa "will prove a bargain" after being highly impressed by the striker in pre-season.

Benteke completed his move to Liverpool last week after his buy-out clause in his Villa contract was met. 

The Belgium international arrives at Anfield with a stellar reputation forged by scoring 42 goals in 89 Premier League appearances for the Birmingham club and netted five goals in six games against Liverpool.


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However, questions were raised about the price paid for Benteke's services, with Chelsea and Arsenal paying similar prices for Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez respectively - two strikers who've proved they can score goals at the very best level.

But, Rodgers - who made the 24-year-old his main priority this summer - believes the £32.5 million will prove value for money.

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"For me, I think he'll prove to be a bargain for the club," the Northern Irishman told the club's official website. "I really do."

"I've read and seen things about his game, but in the short period of time he's been in, I've been even more impressed.

"I've seen him up close now for three years, stood at the side of the field and watching this guy - not just his power and strength, but also his footballing ability.

"One of the goals I remember he scored against us at Anfield, he ran halfway through the field. This isn't someone who lacks pace, movement and intelligence.

"He's not just a guy who you chuck the ball up to. Of course, his strength allows you to keep the ball, but he'll really help the unpredictability of our game this season.

"We know he can play football, we know he can play counter-attack, but we also know when we cross the ball, we've got a real presence in the box that is going to allow us to keep the ball in the box for periods of time and for others to get goals from.

"Obviously he doesn't set the price and I'm thankful the club have brought him in because I really think at 24 years of age, he's going to be a huge asset for us.

"He's surprised people in the early stages of life at Liverpool with that mobility and the quickness of his feet - and his natural power and strength is there to see."

Goals Needed

Liverpool will be looking to improve their form significantly in front of goals this season. Last term, they managed just 52 goals in the Premier League and were distinctly toothless when putting the ball away.

With Daniel Sturridge set to be sidelined until at least October after missing most of last season with hip and thigh injuries, Rodgers was forced to bring in a forward who is a proven goalscorer in the top-flight.

Albeit, Danny Ings arrived on a free transfer for Burnley; however, he'll likely play a deputy role off the bench at the tender age of 22 who is still improving and Rodgers will be sceptical to place all his eggs in one basket.

A top-four finish will be Rodgers' prime target this season. Liverpool embarrassed themselves in the Champions League last term and finished third in Group B with just five points.

Given the financial assets playing in the competition along with being able to attract the world's best players, it is a must for any top side to be playing in the competition.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) will be keeping a watchful eye over Rodgers in the early stages of the season. After spending over £100 million last summer he has once again been handed a wealth of money for new recruits this transfer window.

With former Borrussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp sitting without a job at the minute, there is a very suitable replacement for the ex-Swansea City manager if things don't go to plan.


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